Conor Murray to make call on availability to face All-Blacks

Jo Caldwell
November 12, 2018

Halfback Kieran Marmion injured his ankle in Ireland's victory over Argentina in Dublin. "

"I actually thought he was just getting into his rhythm in the game.


A sloppy Ireland put a poor first period behind them on Saturday to emerge 28-17 winners over Argentina in an unconvincing warm-up to next week's meeting of the world's top two teams when New Zealand visit Dublin.

Steve Hansen said he will be happy to offer his advice to Ireland coach Joe Schmidt.

Hansen and Schmidt will probably avoid each other for much of the coming week as they prepare their sides for the clash between the world's two top-ranked sides in Dublin on Sunday morning.

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"I think the last few times we have played Ireland have been good test matches", says Hansen.

"He was a smart player and a good manager of people", said Schmidt who was assistant coach at French side Clermont when Ledesma was on the playing staff "He has already done an incredible job in broadening his experience for example with the Wallabies (when he was forwards' coach)".

'Ireland I don't think have been beaten too often either.

"Obviously from an Irish rugby fan point of view you want the best coaches to stay, he is the best coach I've worked with and one of the best in the world", said the 36-year-old. "They were hard at the back, hard off the ruck and hard off the line and really squeezed us".

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Argentina should provide a testing examination provided they are not too exhausted having come out of the Rugby Championship with two victories under new head coach Mario Ledesma, including their first in Australia since 1983.

With the autumn series gearing up towards a mouthwatering tie against New Zealand a week from Saturday there is a fear that complacency could creep into the Irish camp just like it seemingly did in 2015.

We have to keep improving' * Ref got it right: Hansen * Onside! They'd topped their World Cup group and with England dumped out things couldn't be going better.

"If you look across the team they've got world-class players so that's why I believe Murray will play". They have good depth and they have a really good clarity about how they want to play and while rugby is a really complicated game they seem to have made it really simple for themselves.

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Rob Kearney is expected to miss out with a shoulder injury, but Johnny Sexton, Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong and Iain Henderson are among the players set to be pressed into action for the first time this month.

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